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Bristol jazz this week

July 2, 2018

The most important thing to note this week is the benefit for the great Keith Tippett (see previous post) – even if you can’t go you may still like to donate. Tony Benjamin concurs – both in this one-off preview and in his more comprehensive listing for the week.

There are more details here, where co-promoter Ian Storror has also written a nice piece about Keith’s long career. Keith often included his line on album releases that he hoped music “never becomes just another way to make a living”. Still, turns out it’s even harder to get by if you can’t make music, so this one deserves all the support we can muster. It should be musically pretty special as well… Ian has given some more details in his newsletter – thus:

First up will be a specially formed band, led by former Keith Tippett Seedbed Orchestra alumni Kevin Figes who has managed to uncover some original scores of tunes Keith used to teach the orchestra, written out by Keith’s own hand
Tunes such as A May Day, Madlobt, Film Blues, A Song (a beautiful tune), Thoughts to Geoff and the legendary Septober Energy
Played by a band of musicians who all have associations with playing with, or influenced by Keith and his music;
The Keith Tippett Appreciation Ensemble
Kevin Figes, Ben Waghorn, Jake McMurchie & Mark Langford  (Saxophones)
Nick Malcolm, Percy Pursglove, Pete Judge & Dave Mowat  (Trumpets)
Jim Blomfield  (Piano), Dominic Lash & Will Harris  (Double Bass)
Mark Whitlam & Tony Orrell  (Drums)
That will be followed by a short rendition of the poem ‘Jazz Burglar Blues’ written and performed by local poet Bob Walton taken from his recently released book; and accompanied on sax by Jake McMurchie in a repeat performance from the book launch earlier this year.
Seguing seamlessly into a strong contemporary/improvised set from a specially arranged quartet;
The Paul Dunmall Quartet
Paul Dunmall (Sax), Jim Dvorak (Trumpet), Percy Pursglove (Double Bass & Trumpet) & Tony Orrell  (Drums)
It will out there, free and explosive!
Mr Dunmall is a true saxophone giant, in fact a monster!
Jim’s coming down from London and Percy from Birmingham and Tony will be driving it all on!
Last men standing will be joined by the Ensemble plus Norma Daykin (Sax) to finish the night with an encore of a Dudu Pukwana tune ‘MRA’, for the special link Keith has had since the late 60’s with the South African exiles who moved to London during apartheid, so a real Township feel for nights end.

You can read about the rest of thew week’s goings on in Tony’s preview. But two other things. If you happened to get wind of the date for US trumpet star Keyon Harold at Walcot House in Bath on Thursday night, know that it’s now been cancelled due to flight scheduling problems as he leaves the country for dates in Europe.

But there is another extra, a charming sounding evening gig on Friday organised by Dave Mowat at St Stephens. He says:


Yunmi Kang, Sangyeon Park, David Mowat

Saint Stephen’s Church Garden BS1 1EQ

Friday July 6th 7.30pm TO 9.30pm

£8 entry

Bring your picnic drink and picnic rug ( garden use tbc, at any rate the church/café space if not). Mellow and original jazz by Mowat and Park with some American song book standards. Yunmi and Sangyeon are award-winning graduates of The Jazz Conservatoires in Amsterdam and The Hague respectively and superbly versed in the American jazz tradition, albeit with a stillness that speaks of their Korean roots.  David is a stalwart of the local scene known for his Milesian sound and   internationally travelled with various bands.

If the garden is used, it’ll be a lovely spot for some music on a Friday night.

Here’s a sample of the two Koreans playing together to whet your appetite.

Nice, eh?

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